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December 2014
Frankie Cosmos

If you like unassuming, short and charming pop songs about high school, firemen and buses, look no further than 19 year old singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos. In her just released first full-length 'Zentropy,' (though she's put out at least 40 other digital records on Bandcamp over the years - no joke!) Greta Kline reveals much of her inner child, whether singing about what her dad is up to or how birthdays don't mean you're getting older. But 'Zentropy' equally exposes a young lady just beginning to wrestle with explorations of love and life anxieties. It's a fascinating journey just begun, and songs like "Birthday" (streaming below), showcase a melodic talent that's not afraid to experiment with tempo changes and assorted influences, without losing her signature, intimate style. 
If Frankie Cosmos manages to keep half these levels of prolificity in her 20s, we can definitely expect a bunch of hits from her. Because great music - like everything else - is all about trying hard. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Slim Wray
blues rock, happy hearts
by: Michael Haskoor date:April 4, 2014 - MORE
Tei Shi
mermaid music
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:March 17, 2014 - MORE
Christine Hoberg
minimal heavens
by: Dean Van Nguyen date:January 7, 2014 - MORE
Oh Honey
short and sweet with mitchy collins
by: Sam Kogon date:December 20, 2013 - MORE
The 60's
Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
The 90's

Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
The 00's
The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Mean Creek Release New Music Video; Support Counting Crows on Fall Tour

Boston-based rock quartet Mean Creek are excited to announce the release of the music video for their new single, "Young & Wild". Directed by P. Nick Curran of Loroto Productions, the video for "Young & Wild" captures the innocence, the excitement and the carefree joy of youthful moments reflected in the song's message.

In addition to the release of the video, Mean Creek recently announced their November tour of the U.S. supporting Counting Crows. Marking the band's second stint with Counting Crows, the tour will begin on Tuesday, October 23 in Port Chester, NY, at The Capitol Theatre and will take in 14 evenings across the U.S., culminating in an appearance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, November 24. Prior to the tour, the band will be performing as part of this year's CMJ Music Marathon from October 16-19.

Mean Creek will be playing in Boston, MA on October 11 at Brighton Music Hall. The show is the official release of Youth Companion.

Q&A with The Deli's Band of the Month: Hey Ice Machine

Deli NE: How did the band start?

Hey Ice Machine: All the members of the band have been playing in the local Boston music scene for a long time in some pretty great bands (Fuzzy, Frank Smith, Mittens, Come, Muy Cansado, Thalia Zedek, Consonant, etc.). We decided to get together and jam and write some songs. We kept it relaxed and really had no expectations other than to hang out and play music. In the end we wrote a lot of great songs and decided to put out an album.

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Q&A with the deli's Band of the Month: Hey Ice Machine
by Chrissy Prisco

Deli NE: How did the band start?

Hey Ice Machine: All the members of the band have been playing in the local Boston music scene for a long time in some pretty great bands (Fuzzy, Frank Smith, Mittens, Come, Muy Cansado, Thalia Zedek, Consonant, etc.). We decided to get together and jam and write some songs. We kept it relaxed and really had no expectations other than to hang out and play music. In the end we wrote a lot of great songs and decided to put out an album.

Deli NE: Where did the band name, Hey Ice Machine, come from?


“Hey Ice Machine” came from lyrics from a Minutemen song.

Deli NE: What are your biggest musical influences?

Biggest musical influences just to name a few: Rolling Stones, The Band, Built To Spill, The Walkmen, Television, The Louvin Brothers, Charles Mingus, The Remains, etc.

Deli NE: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?

HIM: Currently we are listening to: Don Cherry, OV Wright, Dinosaur Jr., Alice Coltrane, The Wipers, Al Green, Bill Callahan, etc.

Deli NE: What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

HIM: First Concert: J. Geils Band, Allman brothers; first Album: Rock and Roll Over by Kiss, Licensed To Ill by The Beastie Boys.

Deli NE: What do you love about New England’s music scene?

HIM: The best thing about the New England music scene is the camaraderie between the bands as well as the music resources i.e. local radio, music publications and venues. There is also a good amount of respect and appreciation between musicians in New England and it creates a great environment in which to be creative.

Deli NE: What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

HIM: The local music scene is always evolving so it’s hard to pinpoint areas that need change. It’s a frustrating business with so much competition, so you roll with the punches and just enjoy the fact that you get to play music with good friends.

Deli NE: What are your plans for the upcoming year?

HIM: This past year has been pretty busy for us so we would like to keep the momentum going. Looking forward to touring at the beginning of next year (2013).

Deli NE: What was your most memorable live show?

HIM: Most memorable live shows for us would be: Otis Clay opening for Ann Peebles, Steely Dan, John Fogerty,

Deli NE: Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

HIM: I don’t think we could narrow down any one person who has been more supportive than others. Our friends, fans, family, peers have all been great and continue to help us grow as musicians.

Deli NE: Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

HIM: A lot of our equipment has been with us for many years so just like anything else it’s always an uncomfortable feeling when a situation arises and you can’t use it.

Deli NE: Why do you read The Deli?

HIM: The Deli is one of the great resources that we mentioned above that is out to help local musicians. There is so much local music all over the country and The Deli brings some organization to it. You help so many bands get their music out there in addition to connecting musicians with each other. We can’t say enough nice things about it!


Hey Ice Machine



Hey Ice Machine




Tall Heights EP Release at Lizard Lounge -- Tuesday, Sept. 25

Boston-based folk rock act Tall Heights will be winding up a month-long Tuesday night residency at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on September 25th. With captivating vocal harmonies that drive along a folk-inspired accompaniment of cello and acoustic guitar, Tall Heights create an expansive and encompassing sound for just two people. The act is celebrating the release of their new EP, The Running of the Bulls. --The Deli Staff

Tuesday, September 25th
Tall Heights (residency and EP release)-- w/ special guests
The Lizard Lounge
1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA
8:30 pm / 9 pm / $10

Will Dailey and Audrey Ryan to Play Two Shows Together -- Saturday, September 22 at Club Passim

Two of Boston’s finest singer songwriters team up for two shows on Saturday, September 22 at the famed Club Passim in Cambridge. Will Dailey and Audrey Ryan, both known for their songwriting, independent spirit and pavement pounding tactics, first discovered their voices complimented each other when they toured together in the winter of 2011. They have since played various shows together and started recording for a side project that expands further on their solo careers. Event details are below. If you don't live in Boston but want to watch the show live on your computer you can pay $3 and see it at: Watch the video below of Dailey and Ryan's cover of "Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel. --Chrissy Prisco

Saturday, September 22 -- First show @ 7 pm, Second show @ 9:30 pm
Club Passim
47 Palmer St.
Cambridge, MA -- Tickets: $12 advance/ $15 day of show

Deep Heaven Now VI --- Friday, Oct. 19 & Saturday, Oct. 20

The Fall 2012 edition of Deep Heaven Now has been announced and will take place Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 in Somerville's Union Square. Coordinated by Jinsen Liu (28 Degrees Taurus, pictured above), DHN showcases the best in the current psych rock, ambient and shoegaze scenes from around the country. With this, the sixth installment, highlights include Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders, Ringo Deathstarr (TX), and Foreign Resort (from Denmark) on night 1. The second night brings Gosepl Gossip from Minneapolis, Stargazer Lilies (members of Soundpool) from NYC and Glowfriends from Kalamazoo, MI.--The Deli Staff

A full list of links to the bands can be found by clicking here.

Day 1: Friday, October 19
stage 1 - Precinct________________stage 2 - PA's Lounge
1230am - Bobb Trimble's Flying Spiders_12am- Ringo Deathstarr (TX)
1130pm - Brujas Del Sol (OH)____11pm- Boom Said Thunder!
1030pm - Sleep Studies_________10pm - Brief Candles (WI)
930pm - The Foreign Resort (EU)_9pm- Dead Leaf Echo (NY)
830pm - Amber Spyglass_______8pm - Fishing the Sky

Day 2: Satuday, October 20
stage 1: - Precinct________________stage 2 - PA's Lounge
12pm - 28 Degrees Taurus___1130pm - Ghost Box Orchestra
11pm - Gospel Gossip (MN)___1030pm - Hadoken
10pm - Stargazer Lilies (NY)____930pm - Love Culture (OH)
9pm - (members of Autochrome))__830pm - Glowfriends (MI)
8pm - Young Boys (NY)__________730pm - Parachuter
7pm - Moontowers________630pm - Double Awake
6pm - The Vandelles (NY)___530pm - Last Builders of Empire
5pm - Jungle Fires__________430pm -TBA
4pm - Harborlights
3pm - The Freeways
2pm - TBA

Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1 out Sept. 22 on Good Sponge Records

Once dubbed 'America's best unsigned band' by CMJ, New London, CT's The Reducers spent much of their 34-year career skirting the edges of wider mainstream popularity. A brand-new international compilation, Rave On: A Tribute to the Reducers Vol. 1 (Good Sponge Records), coming Sept. 22, features 24 tracks that pay sound tribute to the band's longstanding musical legacy.

Formed in 1978, The Reducers released three very well-received power pop "pub rock" records that propelled them to the national spotlight, where they found themselves touring the country opening for bands like The Ramones and The Replacements. Together for 34 years, the Reducers' long run ended earlier this year with the death of bass player Steve Kaika, who died after a courageous battle with cancer. Rave On features tracks performed by bands and artists touched by the The Reducers' music. Some tracks are reverent, almost note-for-note covers (particular care is paid to bassist Kaika's renown "lead bass" lines), others are re-imagined in ways that showcase the timeless impact of the band's songwriting. 

There will be a CD release party for the album on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Rose Barn in Waterford, CT. The Oneill's Rose Barn was the first venue the Reducers played together as a band in June of 1978. The CD release party will feature live performances. Doors open at 6:30pm. The show runs from 7:00-11:00pm. There is a suggested donation of $10, and CDs will be available for purchase. All profits from the event and CD sales will benefit the immediate family of Steve Kaika, who continue to work through medical bills and other challenges incurred during Kaika's illness. Beer, wine and other refreshments will be available for purchase at the show.--The Deli Staff

Frigate -- Boys Will Be Boys by chrisface

Track Listing:

1. Let's Go - The Rattlers
2. Life In The Neighborhood - The Backstabbers
3. Better Homes And Gardens - Heap
4. Boys Will Be Boys - Frigate
5. San Antone - Rockbottom
6. Fashion Of The Times - The Manchurians
7. Nothing Cool - Paul Brockett Roadshow
8. No Ambition - The Gimmies
9. Company Man - Dave Rave & Lauren Agnelli
10. Out Of Step - Fran Fried w/The Backstabbers
11. Fistfight at the Beach - The Del Crandalls
12. Black Plastic Shoes - The Dogmatics
13. Rocks - P.C.2. (a.k.a. Paychannel)
14. Real Gone - Missy Roback
15. My Problem - The Rivergods
16. Sound Of Breaking Down - Birdfeeder
17. Don't You Wanna - Tim Lee 3
18. Yeah Yeah - Big Fat Combo
19. Meltdown - Firestarter
20. All About You - Matt Gouette
21. Avoidance Factor - The Clothespins
22. Scared of Cops - Frantic Stuffs
23. Closing Time - Blonde Furniture
24. Endless Bummer - Male Curriers

Night Fruit Release "Human Touch" Single & Video, Head out on West Coast Tour

Night Fruit have released "Human Touch," the first single off their upcoming full length record due out early next year. The music video was shot and edited by Barry Marino (The Hush Now). Night Fruit is embarking on a west coast tour later this week, the full list of dates is below. Be sure to catch them when they return to Boston to play a hometown show at O'Brien's on September 29 with 3D Cosby, Battle House and Vending Machetes. --Chrissy Prisco

9/15 - Los Angeles, CA - SILVERLAKE LOUNGE - The Vespertines, The Broken Column — $5 — SHOW TIME 6-9 PM
9/16 - Long Beach, CA - QUE SERA - The Vespertines
9/17 - Long Beach, CA - HARVELLE’S - The Vespertines
9/18 - Los Angeles, CA - THE YORK - Henry Wolfe — FREE SHOW
9/19 - San Diego, CA - SODA BAR - Idyll Wild, Man Hands — $5 — 8:30 PM
9/20 - San Francisco, CA - THEE PARKSIDE - Seatraffic, Tomihira, Between the Cities are Stars — $7 — 9 PM
9/22 - Los Angeles, CA - PERMANENT RECORDS - Wreck of the Zephyr — FREE BYOB 6PM
9/29 - Boston, MA - O’BRIEN’S PUB - 3D Cosby, Battle House, Vending Machetes




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